Just finished my first from scratch build! I needed a new daily driver, something that could handle some light gaming and some design software I'll be using next semester. Came in right at my budget of $700 with some recycled peripherals. Had an Amazon gift card so ordered most from there.
Build notes: Everything went well. I did my best on cable mgmt, the case connectors were the biggest PITA.
Component notes: the fan speed controller on the case is a toy. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was a joke. The power supply I got wasn't listed, its an OCZ 550W ZT series. Fully modular for $50.
I'd appreciate some tips on the cable management and in general, thanks! Sorry about the ****** pictures.